ACAS, the government appointed conciliation service, has helpful advice on being prepared for the winter months: car breakdowns, flu epidemics and snow conditions. Clear policies and a degree of flexibility are an excellent start to preparing for winter, along with the cold remedies and anti-freeze.
Winter often brings its own set of workplace issues. Adverse weather conditions can lead to staff shortages due to travel disruption, and seasonal celebrations often result in a rush to book annual leave.We all know it's going to happen but how many of us plan in advance? Our advice is: don't get caught cold - have clear policies around issues such as getting to work and taking leave requests and communicate those to staff now.